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Cased English Mother of Pearl Sewing Set
Silver Thimble * Circa 1860s
extensive antique English necessaire
is a special one for several reasons. The matching
mother of pearl handled tools are very high quality and in a pattern
I've never seen. Prince of Wales feathers are carved at the top of the
handles. There's a mother of
pearl handled stiletto, button hook, file and double bladed penknife, a
matching set of 3 steel
scissors, a steel bodkin and a sterling silver thimble.
are in great condition
no chips, rust or other damage.
scissors are 5
5/8" and 3 7/8" long with one of the small pairs being for buttonholes.
They all have tight blades, intact points and cut beautifully. The
tall sterling silver
thimble (tested) has
a wide 14 paneled band with a variety of engraved designs on the
panels. It's also in nice condition with no holes, dents or other
damage. It is about
an American size 7/8 (14.9 mm
case is made of wood and
covered with leather. It looks like alligator or crocodile skin, but I
can't tell if it really is or just embossed to look like it. It has the
original fitted silk
It is in great
condition inside and out and closes with push button clasp.
It measures 7 3/4" by 4 3/4". The tools all look to be original to the
set and fit perfectly.
of Wales feathers often appear on commemorative items of all sorts
during the birth of a Prince of Wales. Queen Victoria's son Edward was
born in 1841, too early for a set of this style. His son, George, was
born in 1865 and it could well be from that date.
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